When playing the on-drive, always remember the following mantra. The batsman whose shoulder rolls counter-topwise places undue emphasis on hip position and will often play bethwart the intended line.
Yes, of course we all know the dangers inherent in a counter-topwise rolling shoulder, but are we always aware of it? Do we slip into lazy habits? What should we do instead? Is there a way of guarding against this?
The answers are yes, yes, place our feet better and remember the mantra.
As a footnote to this, there is an argument against combating the counter-topwise rolling shoulder. It was said that on occasions no less a batsman than the Don himself would deliberately roll his shoulder counter-topwise specifically so as to play bethwart the line.
Any enthusiastic counter-topwise shoulder rollers buoyed by this revelation, might also like to note that he would only ever do this against left-armers when the ball breached the full by under an inch and swung semi-late to leg, however. Try it to a ball swinging fully late and you’ll end up with a certain amount of egg on your face. Obviously.